Large Language Models which use trained AI systems to mimic human writing pose a wide range of challenges and opportunities. Of particular concern in an academic environment is the use of these tools to mimic human essay writing. This was made evident by the release of ChatGPT in November of 2022, swiftly followed by a host of competitor systems. Tools to auto-generate prose will only become more streamlined and common place to all. For example, Grammarly added an AI writing function this week, and a beta version of an AI tool is now available in some versions of MS Office products. These tools are good at basic, repetitive writing tasks or to critique existing written narratives. Several faculty have already begun use of these tools in curriculum planning, survey evaluation and other phases of their work. Our students have also begun using these tools in a variety of ways with both positive and negative implications.
A college wide collaboration jointly sponsored by the School of Education and Human Services, the Canisius Writing Center, the Center for Online Learning and Innovation, and the Canisius Center for Analytics and Data Ecosystems will be developing a set of workshops for our community on the challenges and opportunities posed by Large Language Models, such as ChatGPT. The goals is to develop some online resources (short videos, blogs, a discussion forum) to support a series of face to face workshops in August 2023. This would incorporate speakers and/or panel discussions as well as informal opportunities to network and discuss both the uses and challenges these tools pose. We would like to ask members of the Canisius Community to self-nominate themselves to an organizing committee to work on the development of both the face to face and online portions of this effort. Interested members of the community are asked to contact Mark Gallimore (email@example.com), Tyler Cron-Piatek (firstname.lastname@example.org), Graham Stowe (email@example.com) or Dave Sheets (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Submitted by: School of Education and Human Services
The Canisius College Department of Kinesiology in the School of Education and Human Services has entered into a formal articulation agreement with the School of Health Professions at D’Youville University for many of their allied health care majors. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Sports and Exercise Health Care at Canisius who meet specific program requirements are guaranteed admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) and Master’s in Occupational Therapy (OT MS) programs at D’Youville University. This agreement allows students the opportunity to pre-plan their undergraduate and graduate career paths to facilitate their transfer to graduate allied health care studies.
“Job growth in the allied health care professions is expected to grow faster than average in the next ten years” said Mike Dolan MS, ATC, CSCS, professor and co-director of the Sports and Exercise Health Care program at Canisius. “We are excited to partner with D’Youville University to provide our students a clear and accessible path to graduate work in physical therapy, chiropractic care, and occupational therapy.”
The Sports & Exercise Health Care program prepares students to apply research and clinical practice to optimize the health of people from all walks of life. Students take coursework in human anatomy and physiology, with a focus on human motion, injury recognition, evaluation, care and rehabilitation techniques. Undergraduates in this field participate in over 500 hours of clinical experience and make connections in a variety of sports medicine-related sectors.
“We are delighted to collaborate with Canisius College to offer meaningful, seamless, and cost-efficient pathways for undergraduate students seeking advanced healthcare professions training in graduate programs at D’Youville University” said Dr. Lisa Rafalson, PhD, Dean of the School of Health Professions at D’Youville University.
The Department of Kinesiology at Canisius also administers an undergraduate program in Health and Wellness, an undergraduate minor in Strength and Conditioning and graduate programs in Health and Human Performance and Applied Nutrition.
Submitted by: Karl Kozlowski, PhD, chair, Kinesiology Department